At the end of Sefer ha-Middot ms. Warsaw (1430), the oldest extant manuscript of the book, is a synopsis of the book's chapters (labeled Simanei Sefer ha-Middot by the scribe). This text fits as the missing summary referred to at the end of the chapter on Memory, where the author wrote: "And the synopses of the general points about human dispositions that are written at the end of the book, one should review them twice a day...". Thus, a part of Sefer ha-Middot that was missing for about six centuries has now been recovered.
The original organization of the chapters in Sefer ha-Middot, unknown for nearly six centuries, can be recovered through this manuscript, solving some knotty problems in the book. This is also the earliest known manuscript of Sefer ha-Middot (Orḥot Ẓaddikim) by far, and as such can help with the correction of the text and dating the composition of the book.
The following materials are currently available on Sefer ha-Middot ha-Qazar (SMQ). Please feel free to download and study them:
The following materials are currently available regarding this manuscript: A description of the manuscript with an evaluation of its text, and images of the end of the book that have been graciously provided by the Adlers.
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